Religion

Rally Planned at Alabama City After Christian Flag Removed From Government Grounds

| by Nathaly Pesantez

After the city of Glencoe, Alabama took down the Christian flag that had flown outside Glencoe City Hall for several decades, a group has organized a rally in support of the flag, The Gadsden Times reported.

The event, called "United We Stand" will feature a number of guest speakers, including state Rep. Mack Butler (R-Rainbow City) and Sen. Phil William.

The Christian flag was taken down after the city of Glencoe received a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation threatening legal action, according to WBRC.

Mayor Charles Gilchrist told the local news outlet that the potential legal costs were the primary factor in the city council's decision.

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"That would just about ruin us," Gilchrist said. "That's what they do, they pick on these smaller towns that can't defend ourselves."

In the letter sent by the FFRF, Andrew Seidel said that flying the Christian flag on government property is unconstitutional.

"It conveys the message to the twenty-six percent of the U.S. population who are not Christians that they are not 'favored members of the political community'".

Earlier this month, Glencoe gave Jeff Word, owner of the local Big Chief restaurant, an extra Christian flag that was originally intended to replace the old Christian flag, according to AL.com. The flag now flies above his restaurant.

Word said he was nervous to raise the flag over his restaurant.

"I didn't really sleep good," he said. "It bothered me. I talked to my wife about it, and she said, 'You've got to take a stand.' That surprised me, because usually she's the one getting on to me because I'm taking a stand about something."

The rally is set to take place this Saturday at 6:30p.m. in front of Glencoe City Hall.

Sources: AL.com,The Gadsden Times,WBRC, Freedom From Religion Foundation

Photo Credit: WBRC